Category Archives: Packing for Shanghai

Six Things You Want to Know About the Chinese Spring Festival

Based on the Wikipedia’s article on Chinese New Year. When I first came here in 2010, I thought it was going to be something huge, but apart from the mind-and ear-blowing fireworks I did not experience anything else. Sure, as … Continue reading

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Living Costs in Shanghai, 2011. Part III. Miscellaneous. (Transport, Studying, Visas, Haircuts etc)

VPN (for using censor-free internet, i.e. blogs, Facebook, Linkedn, Twitter, Google+, imdb, mature): 40 RMB/month Cinema ticket: 60-80 RMB Fake DVD off street carts/small shops: 5-15 RMB (more expensive, better quality usually works) Taxi (up to 3 km): 14 RMB … Continue reading

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Living Costs in Shanghai, 2011. Part II. Eating and Drinking.

Small bottle of mineral water in convenience store: 2 RMB Milk: 17 RMB/brick (skimmed and semi-skimmed are pricier and harder to find) Yoghurt: 5-6 RMB/cup (natural yoghurt is hard to find and it costs way more) Hot Sweet Potato (off … Continue reading

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Living Costs in Shanghai, 2011. Part I. Flats and Ayis.

Please, note that these prices refer to last year, 2011. Due to China’s rapid inflation and the arrival of more and more foreigners, Ayis know they can set higher prices, so add roughly 10-20% to these numbers for years to … Continue reading

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In Case of Emergency (Chinese Hospital Care)

Last Sunday I had no choice but go to the nearest hospital to my place in Pudong. Basically, I couldn’t move my head in any direction and the pain seemed to be getting worse by the hour. I’d initially wanted … Continue reading

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